Choosing the Right Data Strategy for Behavioral Health and Criminal Justice Initiatives
The Council of State Governments
Collecting data and evaluating programs should be a critical element of all criminal justice and behavioral health initiatives. Data help illustrate what is working, what needs to change, and which stated outcomes are achieved. In the short term, data can be used to set goals and assess needs, and in the long term, data can help answer research questions, evaluate program outcomes, and inform continuous program improvement.